The Faculty of Rehabilitation

  • Department of Medical Rehabilitation Established in 2005. Department reorganized in 2015 into Department of Physical Therapy and Department of Occupational Therapy
  • Department of Physical Therapy (2024 enrollment limit: 40 students)
  • Department of Occupational Therapy (2024 enrollment limit: 40 students)
  • Department of Social Rehabilitation (2024 enrollment limit: 90 students) Established in 2005
The Faculty of Rehabilitation was established in April 2005 with the basic philosophy of working to achieve "community-oriented rehabilitation."
The Faculty consists of the Department of Physical Therapy for the training of physical therapists, the Department of Occupational Therapy for the training of occupational therapists, and the Department of Social Rehabilitation for the training of certified social workers and psychiatric social workers and the nurturing of members of society with a welfare-oriented mind. Very few universities in Japan provide such training for rehabilitation specialists, and the departments are attracting much attention. In April 2009, the Graduate School of Rehabilitation was established.

Four Years to Develop Comprehensive Skills and a Multifaceted Perspective.


As the fields of rehabilitation and social services grow increasingly complex and diverse, assistance providers must have broad-based training and be able to respond with flexibility. We train experts who have not only specialized skills and expertise, but also a multifaceted perspective and thinking skills that take into account the big picture.

Curriculum with Organic Coordination Betweenthe Three Departments

The curriculum prepared includes subjects common to the Faculty, practice implemented jointly by Departments, and Inter-professional Education (IPE). As the students of the three Departments cooperate with students from other faculties on a single theme, they gain an understanding of the importance of the teamwork that is demanded in actual work situations and acquire practical skills and the ability to deal with problems.

A Dedicated Facility with Cutting-Edge Equipment

The University built a seven-story building to coincide with the opening of the Faculty of Rehabilitation. As a rehabilitation-related University facility, it offers size and equipment that exceed all others in Japan. Using a variety of specialized practical training rooms not found at any other university, our efforts are focused on students learning by doing.

Department of Physical Therapy

Training physical therapists

Qualification for the national qualification examination of physical therapists can be acquired when students graduate. Qualification for the certification exam of health/fitness trainers will also be acquired with credits in the designated subjects. Our primary goal is to train physical therapists, but the core of the program is more than simply enabling the acquisition of certifications. We want students to develop their capacity to provide home rehabilitation and handle other needs that may arise in society, as well as to develop research capabilities and the leadership qualities needed for team treatment in the real world.

Department of Occupational Therapy

Training occupational therapists

Upon graduation, students are qualified to take the national examination for occupational therapists. We strive to develop human resources who will work in a variety of settings, such as medical facilities, health and welfare facilities, schools, and homes, have practical skills to provide proper occupational therapy to each individual, and have management skills to help client or patient live better lives. The Department of Occupational Therapy has acquired certification as a World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT) training institution.

Department of Social Rehabilitation

Certified social worker (including psychiatric social worker) course/Social welfare design course

In addition to acquiring both general and specialized knowledge and skills in social welfare, students learn about the environments in which people live.When students earn the required number of credits and graduate from the social worker course, they will be qualified to take the national examination to become a certified social worker or psychiatric social worker.The social welfare design course develops practical human resources who can excel in a wide range of situations and in a variety of institutions and private companies.

Promoting comprehensive rehabilitation

Topics 01

Students engaged in activities at the Meimai housing complex (adjacent to Kobe Gakuin University) where the population aging rate is high

Students and faculty members work with local neighborhood associations, administrative organizations, specialized institutions, NPOs, and residents’ activity groups to organize seminars, consultation services, and festivals. At present, students of the Department of Social Rehabilitation are visiting there on an ongoing basis as part of on-the-job training and group activities.

Topics 02

Performing research using 3D motion analysis equipment

The Department of Physical Therapy has installed the latest 3D motion analysis equipment for research on motion analysis, such as sports motions. Students are involved in this research using new technology.

Topics 03

Learning in a real environment just likein the support field

The Department of Occupational Therapy has some of the best equipment in Japan, allowing students to move their bodies for practical learning about how to use and select tools and instruments to match various possible situations. We use more realistic equipment to aid the learning of students who will be responsible for the future.

Detailed information is available in the Faculty of Rehabilitation brochure.